Epi for Vomiting/GI symptoms

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 12:46am
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The latest FAAN newsletter (Food Allery News) for Aug/Sept 2006 has a good section called, 'More Anaphylaxis Questions Answered' by Dr. Wood.

One of the questions asks about using Epi for GI reactions. Is it given just to prevent other systemic reactions?

Dr, Wood says that it is given for the GI reaction AND to prevent further systemic reactions. Some of the most dramatic improvements after giving Epi are in people having severe GI reactions. A GI reaction is most likely caused by swelling in the intestine.

I was so glad to read this! As I have only GI reactions (severe) I wasn't sure if I should give epi. My allergist told me to use my own judgement.

I would rather use Epi and go to the emergency room than to go through a severe GI reaction. How wonderful to know that Epi will stop it in its tracks!!

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 2:40am
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Thanks, Adele. Good to know!

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 9:05am
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That is good to know. I guess any GI reaction could progress to a bigger systemic reaction and it is better safe than sorry.
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Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 11:00am
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Adele, I thought of you specifically when I read that question in the newsletter! Isn't it wonderful to get advice that jives with what your instincts tell you to do?

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 11:09am
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Adele-
Could you please tell us what Dr. Wood wrote exactly? I am wondering about this because my DD had a GI reaction (abdominal pain and nausea) during her egg challenge in Dr. Wood's office. She also had nasal congestion and eye itching. Dr. Wood did not give her the EpiPen. I believe he did the correct thing because the reaction did not progress further and she improved with some Benadryl and didn't really need epinephrine. She has no history of anaphylaxis to egg and in fact almost passed an egg challenge three years ago.
Thank you.

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 11:12am
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Iansmom, I wasn't going to renew my subscription to the FAAN newsletter - but there was a lot of info that hit home in the most recent newsletter - so I will renew it.
Plus, the info is from the experts!
It was a EUREKA moment when I read the blurb about GI reactions and Epi. I thought, 'for crying out loud....why not use it!! So I have to go to the emergency room....the way things have been going lately, my deductible will already be covered anyway!.

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 11:21am
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BS312, we must have been posting at the same time!
The info on the newsletter is copyrighted - and I respect their copyright. If you email me off the boards (my email address is in my profile) I'll send you the exact wording of the question and answer.
Adele

Posted on: Wed, 08/23/2006 - 3:07am
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My child had a severe GI reaction this past year. It happened in the middle of the night. She had severe vomitting, her hands went cold, severe shakes, her throat sounded like it was starting to close, and bleeding from her nose. Thank you for posting this Adele. I gave her the Epipen for the first time and now I know I did the right thing.

Posted on: Wed, 08/23/2006 - 3:45am
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Thnaks for posting this! When my little guy had his episode earlier in the year I had an ER doctor tell me the exact opposite information. My instinct told me that he was wrong, now I know that I was right all along!

Posted on: Wed, 08/23/2006 - 4:56am
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pfmom2 -
The reaction you explained sounded like an anaphylactic reaction to me - not just GI.

Posted on: Wed, 08/23/2006 - 6:41am
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Thank you Lam. I feel that too, but it started with severe vomitting, not hives, not swelling, so I guess I wanted people to know that be careful with severe GI. And, by the time the ambulance got here, my child was like a complete different person, so doctors were not willing to tell me, yes it was a severe reaction. None of the Emts or docs. witnessed what I had seen.

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